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Chief Steward Sharon Carroll fights for DHHS

E.T.I. 2009

Arbitrator’s Decision

DHHS Pay Cycle Change Violated Contracts, Yet Arbitrator Finds No Loss of Pay

On September 19, an arbitrator ruled that the state violated the contractual rights of 2,500 Maine Department of Health & Human Services workers whose pay cycles were unilaterally switched in March of 2006. Yet the arbitrator also ruled that the affected workers suffered no loss of pay. In the 51 page ruling which was initiated by Chief Steward Sharon Carroll, the arbitrator ordered remedies relating to the calculation of the affected workers’ group life insurance and retirement benefits. The arbitrator also retained jurisdiction in the matter in the event there are any further disputes in the matter.

Why do we fight so hard when we can lose so big? Sharon fought to fix the rip off of DHHS workers who were cheated of pay they earned. Fifty one pages and no one will read them all, but you can be sure that Sharon has read every page and given everything to fix this crime. Don’t blame the Union! This case could have gone another way and if it did the State could change your pay period every year and say “no harm, no foul”. One person stood up with the help of the Union and tried to fight. We did not win what we thought was right, but we stopped them from doing it again! If one dedicated steward can make a difference, one brave woman can be willing to stand up and back them off, I think we owe her a debt. The only way we can be safe is if the State knows we will fight back! Sharon has a enough years with the State that they could offer to buy her off with a promotion. They can threaten her with bad job assignments. It won’t work.

Sharon is dedicated to helping her coworkers. I can tell you that I know she has given up chances to help herself if only she would quit helping her Union brothers and sisters.

This Steward won’t quit! This Steward will “give em hell!”. You can only hope that she is your steward if you need to be protected from unfair treatment.

Sharon,

Please know we all thank you. We know how hard you fight. You don’t get paid to help us. You do it because you think it is right.

Thank you for your time. Thank you for caring. Thank you for risking retaliation from management that cares only for money and not for the employees.

We don’t win them all, but if we don’t fight we will LOSE THEM ALL!

Sharon, Thank you, and know that we appreciate what you do.

E.T.I. 2009
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September 21st, 2007 Posted by narsbars | MSEA, MSEASEIU, SEIU, STATE VIOLATES CONTRACT, TECHNORATI, UNIONMAINE, VSEA | one comment

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  1. Narsbars,
    It must be frustrating. But don’t be responding to the As Maine Goes site. The handful of losers there are freeloaders, chronic complainers, angry, irrational individuals, and in the case of a certain individual, a vicious person who has been wrong from the get-go. Stay solid, Dudley

    Comment by Anonymous | October 12, 2007

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